Quake Champions Thoughts

I’ve had the Quake Champions Beta for two weeks now and I feel that I am ready to share my thoughts on it.

Disclaimer: I am a veteran Quake player. That does not mean I am the next best thing to sliced bread. I am not. I was never a champion. I am however quite experienced in Most Things Quake. I have also dabbled a bit in map making so I’m also taking that into account.

I will narrow down my thoughts in three sections. What I Like, What Needs Fixing and My General Concerns.

My thoughts are in the perspective of someone who played Quake, Quake 2, Quake III Arena back when they were new. There were things in the Quake community that I miss and things that I do NOT miss.

But. Let’s begin.

What I Like:

  • Graphics versus gameplay. Gorgeous graphics and smooth gameplay.
  • Physics of moving around. Feels Quake. Rocket jumping and bunny hopping. It’s all there.
  • Champion abilities. Yes. I do like it now when I’m used to them. My tip is to learn to use them to your advantage. The other players are. Be sure of that.

What Needs Fixing:

  • We need dedicated servers with a server browser interface.
  • Lack of community feel. This goes together with lack of dedicated servers. As things are now you are simply thrown in to a random server with random players.
  • How would clans work in the current setup? Again.. dedicated servers..
  • Ability to create custom mods. For example: Instagib would be sweet, or Rocket Arena, or remove all Champion abilites and be able to have a “vanilla Q3 feel mod”, for those who wish. Again, dedicated servers are crucial here.
  • Ability to create own maps.
  • Extreme lag at times, might be netcode problems in the beta. Generally smooth though but lag happens.

My General Concerns:

  • How is anti cheat working? Are players cheating now? Cheating was a huge problem especially in the Quake 2 community.
  • The lack of a community feel, due to lack of dedicated servers, makes many players (most actually) complete assholes. Lagkilling. Spawnkilling. Very frustrating. This also results in absolutely NO “GG’s” after a match. I kinda miss that. But again, what’s the point when you are playing on random servers with random people..
  • If we DON’T get to create own maps, how many will there be? I realise the current number should be taken with a grain of salt. It is a beta after all. But some of the existing ones are… lacking. Lockbox for example. I realise there are people who loves it but to me it is nothing but a bullshit map. It reminds me of a Quake 2 map that was kind of similar. Can’t for the life of me remember it’s name.

Conclusion is: I will keep playing regardless. I like it the way it is, don’t misunderstand me. I will adapt to the reality here.

These are my wishes and concerns though.

New gaming rig

So I finally got my new computer and I thought I’d show you the specs and some photos!

First off, the specs:

  • Corsair Gaming K55 RGB keyboard
  • Corsair Carbide SPEC-04 Tower Black/Grey
  • Cooler Master B500 V2
  • AMD Ryzen 5 1600 Processor
  • MSI A320M Grenade, Socket-AM4
  • Corsair Vengeance RGB DDR4 3000MHz 16GB
  • ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1060 6GB Mini
  • Seagate Firecuda 1TB 3.5” SSHD
  • ASUS DVD Writer, SDRW-08D2S-U LITE (external)
  • Razer Goliathus mousepad

Overview photo:

The rig:

I have installed Quake 2 (for shits and giggles), Quake III Arena (to review/refresh my level creating skills), Doom, Quake Champions. And the weekend is suddenly almost over.

Electronic Pioneers: KRAFTWERK

It is no secret that Kraftwerk are house gods for me. I won’t bore y’all by citing their whole career, there are plenty of info on the web, but I will tell you why I think they are important and still highly relevant.

Ever since their inception as a band, in 1969, they have experimented with sounds, new and innovative ways to create sounds. They have also inspired other musicians through the years. Few bands have inspired others as much as Kraftwerk has, and still do.

I personally enjoy their “late” remixes a lot. They are taking something that already exists and turn it into something fresh and new. They constantly reinvent themselves and that is why I love their work so much. I especially recommend the 3D Catalogue to those of you who are new to Kraftwerk. This set is also an excellent exercise music, works great for running. The base and the beat is awesome. Headphones strongly recommended!

Photo: By Andriy V. Makukha (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

Star Trek: Discovery – I’m back paddling..

If you read my blog post from yesterday I suspect it’s quite obvious that I did not have any high hopes for Star Trek: Discovery. I admit it, I thought it was going to suck big time.

I have now watched the first two episodes (that is all that is available as of writing this post).

It did not suck. It was awesome.

We have been treated with all sorts of Star Trek goodies already: Vulcan nerve pinch, mind meld, deaths, drama, humor, action. And they did it WELL. Very well! I laughed, got tears in my eyes, couldn’t breathe out of excitement. The whole nine yards of emotions. Excellent first two episodes!

I am going to be honest, neither The Next Generation nor Voyager got such strong starts as Discovery! This is my opinion though but I stand by it!

I don’t want to spoil too much if you haven’t seen it yet but a lot happened and I can’t wait to see what the future holds! The new look of the Klingons did not bother me at all actually, as I thought it would. It actually worked out very nicely! They look bad-ass and the plot so far is quite Klingon heavy.

The two crew members that I find I connected the most with are Michael Burnham (who I sadly made fun of yesterday) and Saru. Michael is a complex mix of humanity and vulcan cool. Very interesting and it works out very well for the character. She (yes, she) is extremely fierce, a bit hot headed but also has tons of vulcan cool. Saru is in my opinion a very likeable character, he has a bit of Neelix over him (but more competent) and I truly hope they don’t kill him off.

There were a few really precious moments that I want to share:

  • When I realised they are using the old school boing bleeps on the bridge, from the original series.
  • When Sarek appeared. Truly a fantastic moment.

If you love Star Trek I can almost promise you that you will NOT be disappointed.

I hereby apologise for my negative post yesterday. I was wrong and I should have had faith that it would rock!

Star Trek: Discovery

We are extremely close now to the point when the brand new Star Trek series, Star Trek: Discovery, will premier.

As a Trekkie you’d expect me to be all up in flames here, bouncing around like the Duracell bunny. I am not. I am a bit more cautious and won’t cement myself into one corner before actually watching the first episode.

I am, however, a bit worried about the fact that this new series is taking place a decade before the original series with Kirk and Spock.. So, it is yet another prequel series.. Enterprise, which aired between 2001 and 2005, “only” got four seasons (both TNG and Voy got seven seasons) and I don’t know a whole lot of people enjoying Enterprise at all. I have fears that Discovery will go down the same route.

Oh and what’s up with the “new and improved” Klingons? And Spock has a half-sister (who is never referred to anywhere in the past) and who’s name is Michael??

I hope this will be good anyway, in it’s own way. But I really wanted an actual continuation of the timeline, i e post Voyager. Oh and I wouldn’t mind a Voyager crew movie either, to be honest.

One thing is certain though. I will be the most gorgeous looking Trek so far, that’s for sure, trailer and photos are looking fantastic, technically.

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Wikipedia: Star Trek: Discovery

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